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Siena poll: Majority of New Yorkers favor impeaching Trump

Siena poll: Majority of New Yorkers favor impeaching Trump

Impeachment divides New Yorkers along party lines
Siena poll: Majority of New Yorkers favor impeaching Trump
President Donald Trump meets with reporters at the White House in Washington on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

LOUDONVILLE -- Most New York voters favor impeaching President Donald J. Trump, but Republicans are largely opposed, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that New Yorkers favor impeaching and removing Trump by 55 percent to 38 percent. It found 79 percent of Democrats supporting, 81 percent of Republicans opposed, and independent voters nearly split.

The majority of New Yorkers -- 60 percent to 34 percent -- say Trump has taken actions that warrant an impeachment investigation, and a majority -- 62 percent to 34 percent -- believe the House of Representatives is justified in conducting an impeachment investigation.

The poll was taken of 742 voters between Oct. 6 and Oct. 10, which means it was after the revelations about Trump's efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate a political rival, but before the president announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, which has angered even many of Trump's loyalist political supporters.

"In these hyperpartisan times, it is not particularly surprising that Republicans oppose impeaching and removing Trump from office 81-14 percent, and Democrats support it 79-13 percent, while independents lean over-so-slightly toward impeachment, 49-47 percent," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

"Downstate suburban and white voters are closely divided on the question, while New York City, black, Latino, and young voters strongly support removing the president, as do a plurality of upstaters (49-43 percent)," Greenberg said.

National polls have shown roughly half of all voters support the impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed the inquiry in September, following the revelation by a whistleblower that Trump asked the new Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son, Hunter. Before that, Pelosi had resisted the calls from left-leaning members of her caucus for impeachment.

The poll found that more New Yorkers trust Pelosi than Trump, 57 percent to 30 percent.

Three House committees are investigating whether impeachment is warranted. The national Republican Party and Trump 2020 campaign, meanwhile, have launched a "Stop the Madness" campaign, "to hold Democrats accountable for their latest witch hunt and attempts to obstruct President Trump at all costs." State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy and other prominent Republicans are also backing that effort.

Among the Capital Region congressional delegation, 20th District U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, was an early supporter of an impeachment inquiry, while 19th District U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, endorsed the effort following the Ukraine revelations. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, of the 21st District, is opposed to impeachment; she is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting one of the investigations.

The poll also found that among Democrats, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts now is tied with Biden among those who have a preference for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Each has 21 percent, with Biden down 1 percentage point, and Warren up by 4 percentage points. Their nearest competitor is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, with 16 percent. No other candidate has more than 4 percent support.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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